Tag Archives: Philosophy

Leisure

Leisure renews life.

Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“Leisure is the Mother of Philosophy.” – Thomas Hobbes

“All intellectual improvement arises from leisure” – Samuel Johnson

“We give up leisure in order that we may have leisure, just as we go to war in order that we may have peace” – Aristotle

“Leisure is time for doing something useful; this leisure the diligent man will obtain, but the lazy man never” – Benjamin Franklin
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Serenity

Serenity is a state of soul.

KHWAI RIVER SUNSET - Okavango Delta, Botswana
KHWAI RIVER SUNSET – Okavango Delta, Botswana

It supercedes any state of mind.

Quotes to consider:

“Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm.” – Unknown

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

“Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.” – Thomas S. Szasz
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Communication

Communication > Language

JACKAL - Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana
JACKAL – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.” – T.S.Eliot

“The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.” – Stephen King

“The fish trap exists because of the fish. Once you’ve gotten the fish you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit. Once you’ve gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of their meaning. Once you’ve got the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find someone who has forgotten words so I can talk with him or her?” – Chuang Tzu
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Observation

Observation → Opportunity

CHEETAH ON THE LOOKOUT - Masai Mara, Kenya
CHEETAH ON THE LOOKOUT – Masai Mara, Kenya

Taking time to observe often brings rewards far exceeding expectation.

Quotes to consider:

“Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“To him that watches, everything is revealed.” – Italian Proverb
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Wariness

A little wariness goes a long way.

GROUND SQUIRREL - Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana
GROUND SQUIRREL – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana

Quite different from distrust, pause for consideration can limit collateral damage.

Quotes to consider:

“Being confident is of course a good thing, but at the same time one must always be wary of being over-confident.” – Cass Gilbert

“Familiarity breeds contempt.” – Aesop / Apuleis
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Eyes

Eyes express eternity.

TIGER'S EYES - Johannesburg Zoo, South Africa
TIGER’S EYES – Johannesburg Zoo, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“The eyes have one language everywhere” – George Herbert

“The eye is the jewel of the body.” – Henry David Thoreau

“The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Free will

Free will can be friend or foe.

'BIG AIR' - Motocross riders in action
BIG AIR – Motocross riders in action

Quotes to consider:

“Free will is an illusion. People always choose the perceived path of greatest pleasure.” – Scott Adam

“”The robber of your free will,” writes Epictetus, “does not exist” – Marcus Aurelius

“Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.” – Jawaharlal Nehru Continue reading

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Stillness

Stillness is about quality, not quantity.

MOON

Quotes to consider:

“One’s action ought to come out of an achieved stillness: not to be mere rushing on.” – D.H. Lawrence

“For those who wish to climb the mountain of spiritual awareness, the path is selfless work. For those who have attained the summit of union with the Lord, the path is stillness and peace.” – Bhagavad Gita

“Many writers who choose to be active in the world lose not virtue but time, and that stillness without which literature cannot be made.” – Gore Vidal Continue reading

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Freedom

Freedom is a right, not a priviledge, to be forfeited only by its abuse.

BLACK EAGLE - Roodekrans, Johannesburg, South Africa
BLACK EAGLE – Roodekrans, Johannesburg, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“He who is brave is free.” – Seneca

“Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.” – Voltaire

“The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.” – Thucydides

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“You have the freedom to choose your actions, you don’t have the freedom to choose the consequences of your actions” – Unknown Continue reading

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Family

Family = Foundation.

MONGOOSE FAMILY - Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
MONGOOSE FAMILY – Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“A tree is known by its fruit” – Proverb

“Other things may change us, but we start and end with family” – Anthony Brandt

“The love of a family is life’s greatest blessing” – Unknown

“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss Continue reading

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